The state of Florida is home to a great diversity of wildlife. The variety of plants and animals that call Florida their native range are significant to the overall health of the specific environment they reside. Every species (native) plays a significant ecological role.
Unfortunately Florida is also now home to many non-native species (aka invasive species). The list of nonnative plants and animals found in the state of Florida a long one. These invasive life forms tend negatively disrupt the ecology of the Florida habitats in which they are found, often causing significant problems.
Of course, one of the invasive species causing havoc is the Lionfish. TISIRI's Joe Kistel discusses the issue and what is being done to combat it in the First Coast News segment featured.